Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian novelist, said “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” Long before this, Jesus wrote both in Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
I find a difference in these quotes that is significant. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always trust my heart. I, also, don’t discard what it says to me, as I believe God often speaks to us through our hearts and our intuition.
However, when I fell upon Paulo Coelho’s quote today, it made me ponder. Do I pick my treasure or is God asking me to find the treasure He has for me, thus allowing me to connect my heart to HIS treasure?
I have had some very difficult seasons in my life, where when I look back on them, my heart leading would have led to “treasure” that could have been disastrous. How can we know the difference?
For me, a real barometer for this question is, “Do I have peace?” REAL PEACE – not engineered peace or rationalized peace. God doesn’t want us in turmoil. He wants us to find peace, HIS PEACE! His treasure brings that peace.
Sometimes this treasure takes a lot of searching. Real treasure is worth the search! Don’t settle, because God always wants more for us than we can envision for ourselves. He told us in Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks will receive; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
In my darker times, my heart didn’t hear Ephesians 3:20, when our Lord says, “Now unto him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Chris Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen” God’s plans for us are grand. Let’s open our hearts to His treasure and go treasure hunting.